Monday Message 2-1-2021

Dear Trinity Families,


We must approach this Pandemic not as a sprint, but as a marathon. Normally, when we undertake a run, a fitness challenge, or an exercise class, we tend to break up the task in our minds so that we know how much we have done, and how much we have left to do. I even go so far as checking the wind to make certain that the wind is at my back for that last mile. As humans, we naturally divide tasks into manageable chunks and pace ourselves, both physically and mentally, to ensure we finish strong. But when you take that option away, even the fittest can struggle, no matter how good their endurance is. I do believe that has been my biggest challenge during this pandemic: not knowing when it will end.


From my perspective, we have all adjusted, made sacrifices, and trust others now more than ever. Words like pivot, hybrid, epidemiologist, and social distancing have been used more than awesome. This Pandemic has helped many of us to slow down, pace ourselves, and encourage those around us to continue with the challenge. Compassion, self-care, and good listening have evolved, and while every morning does bring on new challenges, with those new tests comes the reality that there will be refueling stations that will keep us moving forward. The route might change again and there might be more hills along the way, but as long as we stay hydrated, we will get through this challenge together. The three main things that have been our cheerleaders along this path are faith, family, and friends.


Encourage your children to lean on these three pillars and make certain you congratulate and celebrate all that you have accomplished up to this point as we all keep moving closer towards that finish line. As the co-founder of the NYC Marathon once shared, “It does not matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."


With warm regards,


Mark Ravelli

Head of School